The Dementia Services Information and Development Centre (DSIDC)
The Dementia Services Information and Development Centre (DSIDC) is a National Centre for excellence in dementia care and was first set up by the Department of Health in 1998.
Based at St James’s hospital, the Centre is committed to best practice in all aspects of dementia care and provides three key services (i) education and training, (ii) research and (iii) information and consultancy. The staff consists of three full time employees, a Director, Education Officer and Administrator and two part-time personnel. Its target clientele comprise health service professionals working in the area of dementia, be that in the community, in day care, residential care and acute care or in hospice care settings.
The Centre offers a range of courses that can be customised to individual needs and delivered either in house or at venues around the country. It has recently added a new course for family caregivers. This course covers a broad range of topics relevant to people providing care to their relatives living with dementia in the community. It has also developed a module for school children about brain health and dementia.
Research services straddle several important areas of dementia care including primary care, memory clinics, assistive technology, architectural design, quality of life, dementia prevalence, respite care, residential care, stigma, the public’s understanding of dementia and end of life care. In 2012 the Centre completed the research review with colleagues from NUI Galway, which has been used to underpin Ireland’s National Dementia Strategy.
The DSIDC also hosts the only dementia specific library in the country well stocked with journals, books, audiovisual media and electronic resources. Health service professionals and others are encouraged to visit this library and use the rich resources it contains. Visits need to be arranged by appointment and in advance.
The Centre is based on the 6th floor of Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing, St James's Hospital in Dublin. The professional staff at the Centre work closely with other staff from the Memory Clinic, the Department of Old Age Psychiatry, Medicine for the Elderly and with staff in Medical and Social Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin.
For further information please visit the website at www.dementia.ie or call 01 4162035.